I was lucky to receive this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what's beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.
Genre: YA Cyberpunk/Dystopian
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
"If you want to live, come with me"
I was extremely excited to have the chance to delve into Socialpunk because I have never read a "cyberpunk" book before, at least I don't think I have. I have to say that I was not disappointed. I was constantly intrigued as I followed Ima on her adventure!
The prologue sets a mysterious tone to the whole book, it will make the wheels in your head turn as you try to piece together the puzzle. Read the excerpt here.
I found Ima to be a great character, she had the potential to sweep me away, but she wasn't quite there. . . yet. I have high, high hopes that she will continue to grow in the future installments, gaining that little bit of extra confidence that she needs. In the beginning of Socialpunk, Ima starts out timid and meek, but she quickly starts growing into a young woman. The growth process was fun to read about, Ima is such a likable character that I was rooting for her to kick-ass the whole book. The male characters are also very interesting. Socialpunk is dominated by the male gender, and they were all strong, grab-your-attention males, but they never stole the spotlight from Ima, which was, I imagine, a tough fete for Monica Leonelle to accomplish, because they each easily could have become the star of the story.
Fan of love triangles? Hater of love triangles? Well, you haven't seen nothing yet. . . there's an actual love square, no maybe a pentagon or a hexagon? I don't know, but everybody loves somebody else or the same person. Don't worry though, it's not confusing, but it did throw me off just a tad bit because I'm not a huge fan of love triangles. I'm more into the straight forward romance of two people, but regardless, it did have me vastly intrigued and rooting for my choice!
Socialpunk took me into a world that I was not expecting, it was exciting and exhilarating that Monica Leonelle was able to transport me to such a different world with such elaborate details. I was never bored, never skipped over scenes. I was entranced by the story, curious to see where I would be taken. The ending, in my opinion, was perfect. As the story unfolded the mysteries within it set up the next two books in the trilogy perfectly, giving me enough information to appease my curiosity, but leaving some information tucked away for future revelations. But that really wasn't part of the ending. At first I just sat there staring at my Kindle, but then I realized that I had a big smile on my face. The ending, like I said, was absolute brilliance in it's perfection. I was granted a small amount of solace as the last sentence was read, heaving a sigh of relief and anxious to read more.
I was thoroughly entertained and recommend Socialpunk to any YA lovers regardless of age or gender, this is a great book that presents a new world that is fun to read about.
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